Title Breaking Logan’s Laws (Quinn Security #4)
Author: Cameron Dane
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary M/M, Suspense
Length: Novel (word count not listed)
Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars
A guest review by Buda
Summary Review: The stimulant 5-hour Energy is more subtle than this book, which, unlike Dane’s previous work, I struggled hard to like.
Newly named head of Quinn Security Investigations, retired detective Logan Jeffries believes in law and order. Everything should have its place. A personal life should never interfere with work. Relationships should have their own rules too. Logan lives by his own laws — five precisely. As long as he follows them, all is right in his regimented world.
Nate Jordan wishes he could say no when assigned to work with Logan. Nate has never forgotten Logan’s kindness the night they met. In the three years since, his crush has only grown. This partnership will surely end in disaster, but Nate cannot walk away.
Quickly, Logan and Nate delve into the search for a missing socialite. Nothing else should occupy Logan’s thoughts. The only problem? Nate is determined and sweet, and working with him awakens Logan’s deepest desires. Logan won’t break his laws, though. Not even for the gentlest, sexiest man in the world.
Meanwhile, Nate is falling harder and faster for Logan every day they’re together. The craziest damn thing is he thinks he senses attraction under Logan’s controlled facade. Nate will have to break every one of Logan’s laws to capture the man of his dreams.
Quinn Security Series
Three years ago, Nate Jordan received the beating of his life when he kissed his straight best friend, whom Nate mistakenly thought had developed like-minded romantic feelings for him. Recovering in his sister Kasey’s apartment, Nate meets Logan Jeffries for the first time. His attraction to the man is immediate, but still scared from the beatdown he only just received, Nate is determined to never again betray his interest in a straight man.
Between this action, which is the Prologue to Breaking Logan’s Laws, and Chapter 1, the entirety of Quinn Security 3: Saying I Do takes place.
In the present, Logan has just come aboard Quinn Security as head of a new investigations division. It seems he was shot in the hip and desk duty as a police detective doesn’t work for him anymore. Much to his surprise, Canin Quinn, the owner of the company and Nate’s brother-in-law, has assigned Nate to work with Logan on their first case because Nate is familiar with the client. Neither man has been able to get the other out of his head or his fantasies, and Logan is deeply closeted. The stage is set for interesting drama and passion to unfold.
The case they’ve been assigned, that of a missing heiress, who turns out to be more Paris-Hilton-with-a-conscience than they expect, is relatively dull and definitely backburnered by the ever-present lusty thoughts of both men. The case is useful, however, to draw distinctions between the two men, to show where Nate’s strengths play well with Logan’s weaknesses and vice versa. Many scenes also showcase how good-hearted Nate really is, especially in his dealings with homeless youth and the missing heiress’ shallow (or is he?) twin brother.
My experience with this book was not positive. Each time I picked it up, my shoulders tensed painfully and I felt on edge. Reading this book was akin to watching a hyper-vibrant Technicolor movie on a 100-foot screen from 10 feet away. I longed for the black-and-white world of Kansas on my 40-inch LCD. Cameron Dane’s writing style is one I usually describe as lush, with many instances of too-purple prose but with a romance that overcomes that fault. Reading this book, the one word that came to mind repeatedly was superlative, defined by dictionary.com as: of, pertaining to, or noting the highest degree of the comparison of adjectives and adverbs. For example:
The touch, so fucking sweet and discreet, twisted the most wonderful, terrible pull in Logan’s gut. His heart started beating wildly out of control, but he turned his hand anyway and brushed his fingertips to the inside of Nate’s palm. Through two layers of material, not even feeling skin–although Logan did sense the little jolt that went through Nate too–it somehow became the fucking most overly sexual move Logan had ever made in his life.
The penis taking over Nate’s mouth burned “Logan” brands into his cheeks, tongue, and the roof of his mouth, but Nate didn’t care or even want to breathe….
“Let me break it down for you, you little spoiled prick who doesn’t understand magic fairies don’t sneak into your room every night and fill your wallet with cash.”
Yes, superlative with an chaser of awkward. The word fucking appeared so often I had my Kindle count: 190 times! Additionally, it seemed every other sentence in the first half to two-thirds of the book was a variation on the theme “Oh, I want him! God, how I want him! But I won’t let myself have him! He can’t know I want him!” I was bored with that exceedingly quickly. As was the case in the previous books in the series, many of our heroes’ thoughts are italicized. I know Wave commented on that in her reviews of the previous books and it stood out to me in this one, too. The sex scenes are vintage Dane: epic-length, floridly-phrased. In my review of Aiden & Ethan, I mentioned that the mastubation-fantasy sequence was “slightly disturbing in both its length and vividness”, but the one in this book far surpassed that one on the level of disturbing.
Overall, this was not an pleasant reading experience for me, which was disappointing. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Nate and Logan when they weren’t having schizophrenic lust thoughts about the other. They were interesting guys, but this “novel plus” length tome did them no favors. I know I’m probably going to get my ass kicked in the comments here, because many readers will absolutely love this book. I didn’t. However, if you’re a fan of Cameron Dane and/or the Quinn Security series, then by all means, pick this one up. But if the issues I’ve mentioned would drive you to distraction, then you might want to leave Logan’s laws intact.